I’ve had so much fun going back through all the images from our trip to London (if you missed Amsterdam you can see those photos here). It was my second time going back and Craig’s first visit (see his photo diary here) so we did a mix of touristy things and going off the beaten path. Being there right before Christmas was very festive and we were very lucky with the weather having only one day of some drizzle. I’ve shared where we stayed, where we ate and a few highlights from what we saw. Hope you enjoy!
Where We Stayed
We were lucky enough to stay in Parsons Green at a friend’s apartment. When traveling we typically prefer to stay in apartments vs. hotels because it’s so convenient and there’s something nice about being able to wake up and make your own coffee and breakfast in the morning. It was such a convenient neighborhood to stay and there were tons of great shops and restaurants. There was a tube station right down the street so we used that as our main mode of transportation. The tube is really easy to figure out and incredibly convenient so I highly recommend using it if your traveling throughout London.
Where We Ate
We had SO MUCH good food while we were in London. It was kind of crazy how many great restaurants we went to in only a couple of days. It was quite busy during our trip at some of the more well known London spots so we ended up eating a lot in Parsons Green and the restaurants there did not disappoint. Here’s our favorites:
Koji – We ate here twice it was so good. Japanese at it’s finest.
Hallys – Avocado Toast, Green Juice, Pastries
Meridionale – Southern Italian, Pizza, Salads, Good Wine List
Poppies Fish & Chips – Fish & Chips. YUM.
Cote Brasserie – French Cuisine, Amazing Steak Frites.
Primavera – Italian, Pizza, Pasta.
Where We Went
We spaced out our time by visiting different neighborhoods each day. Our first day we went to the Tower Bridge and Tower of London, and then walked up to Spitalfield’s Market. Spitalfield’s has a mix of trendy high street stores, designer fashion and vintage markets. We happened to go on the day all the vintage and antique vendors are set up which was really fun. I bought a big cozy fisherman sweater from this adorable older woman that I totally wanted to be best friends with. We also ate lunch next to a guy with an enormous parrot on his shoulder. There were some definite characters in the area.
Notting Hill & Portobello Road
The next day we headed to Notting Hill and explored Portobello Road Market. Notting Hill was so quaint and charming. All the pastel townhouses and pretty doors, I could’ve walked around there for hours. We made sure to go to Portobello Market on the day most of the antique and vintage vendors were set up. I was in heaven. My favorite stalls were the fresh flowers and festive Christmas wreaths. We bought churros and donuts at a little bakery along Portobello Road and they were SO good. I’m hungry just thinking about them.
Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Carnaby
We saved our last day for all the typical London touristy things. That was probably a little bit of a mistake because it was a Sunday and it was absolute insanity. We went to Buckingham Palace first and there was an event going on so the streets were packed with people hoping to get a glimpse of the Queen. From there we walked to Big Ben and the London Eye. We also walked around Carnaby and took a quick stroll through Liberty London, it was packed full of shoppers because it was pre-holiday but it’s definitely very cool to check out.